The Scientific Communication Process in Homoeopathic Toxicology: An Evaluative Study

The Scientific Communication Process in Homoeopathic Toxicology: An Evaluative Study

G. Ramadhas (Noorul Islam Centre for Higher Education, India), A.S. Suman Sankar (Sarada Krishna Homoeopathic Medical College, India), and N.V. Sugathan (Sarada Krishna Homoeopathic Medical College, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-3546-5.ch003
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The present chapter evaluates the growth of literature of Toxicology in Homoeopathy. The Scopus database is used as source for the study. Data pertaining to toxicology in homoeopathy for the period 1963 to 2017 is retrieved and analyzed. The study reveals that toxicology literature grows rapidly in the later stages than in the earlier period. The United States of America is the leading contributors at the global level and India is in second position. Among the contributors, E.J. Calabrese, Professor of Toxicology, University of Massachusetts is the most prolific author for Toxicology in Homoeopathy literature. University of Kalyani and University of Massachusetts are the leading institutions, majority of the records are published in the journal ‘Homoeopathy', which is published from the USA and major contributions are in the subject domain ‘medicine' (65.4 per cent). Most frequently repeated keywords in toxicology of homoeopathy literature are: homoeopathy, humans, non-human, unclassified drug and animals.
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Toxicology In Homoeopathy

According to 'Macmillan Encyclopaedia', defines

Toxicology is the study of poisons, which deals with their chemical nature and origin, the pathological changes they induce, their recognition in a poisoned patient, and the determination of specific antidotes.

Encyclopaedia of Scientific Terms edited by E.C. Graham, defines toxicology as “…science of poisons, embracing the physical and chemical history of all the known poisonous substances, as well as the methods of testing them, their action on the living body, and the post mortem results they occasion…” Thus, Toxicology is the area of Science which deals with origin, properties of poisons and their reactions on cells and tissues.

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